CAREER

Internship VS. Co-Op 

internships

It is always essential to get a hands-on work experience while studying. It gives good practical exposure and makes the students more confident. This is the reason why students look for internship opportunities during their studies in Canada to enhance their competitiveness after graduation. All types of internships are offered, namely Co-op VS. Internship VS. Practicum. 

Internship:

You can participate in several Internship programs while studying. They may be paid or unpaid. The duration of the Internship is approximately 10-12 weeks, although some programs may last longer depending upon the company you are in. It is a very good opportunity to showcase your skills what you have learnt in your Curriculum. During the internship, students can gain practical work experience related to their subjects. You are exposed to professionals in related industries and future employers. It makes you ready to face the professional world in future. Also, it can be a part of the graduation requirement or one can do it after graduation. Most of the former are unpaid internships, while the latter usually come with a certain salary that usually depends upon the Company you are working for. The best part about an internship is that if it is attached to the course, there is no need to apply for a separate work visa.

How to get Internship Opportunities?

Regardless of the type of internship, you can consult the school’s teacher or department responsible for the internship, and some schools may have Career Centre to help students find suitable internship opportunities. In addition to the assistance provided by the school, you can go to general job search websites to inquire about relevant internship opportunities.

Co-op :

Like internships, Cooperative education also known as Co-ops can be rewarding for college students who want the practical experience of working in their chosen stream. This experience is very significant as you never know when it might turn into an Offer Letter for the Company you are working for. Co-ops usually last for a longer duration as compared to Internships. You can consider this opportunity when you are interested in working for the same company over an extended period throughout your time in school. It will require you to work full time and most of the time it is paid and generally start in January, May or September in Canada. It is really a perk for the students as they can earn and study simultaneously. You can either work in alternate semesters or can work parallel to your course classes. If you are working simultaneously, you will have to work approximately 20 hours per week. In a nutshell, Co-op combines your studies with an official paid work term. Ultimately, you gain valuable experience in a career you’re interested in while earning your degree.

How to get a Co-op opportunity?

Courses with Co-ops can be selected first when choosing a subject or program. During the study period under the school’s program, you can take guidance from faculty and submit your internship application requirements in advance and seek appropriate help. For example, You can ask the corresponding teachers for advice on the Engineering subjects you choose to study.

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